Crowd swarms art museum for Festival of Trees
by Hawkins Teague
Dec 06, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Janice Mason Art Museum’s annual Festival of Trees exhibit opened Saturday evening before the Christmas parade and it was not lacking in eager viewers.

In fact, the museum was at times so tightly packed that one had no choice but to simply follow the crowd through the rooms. It would have been impossible to look at the trees in a different order from everyone else.

The Festival of Trees is now in its sixth year. Thirty-two Christmas trees with a variety of different themes were decorated by local businesses, organizations or individuals this year.

Christine Harris of the Trigg County Extension Homemakers said she thought the displays of trees was even more impressive this than in the past. She said she thought the tress were more elaborate and there was a wider variety of styles. The tree she helped her organization put up was called “Stir Up the Spirit of Christmas,” and had spoons hanging from its branches.

Mike and Kim Wright were one of many couples who came in from the cold to take in the sights. Kim said it was their second year to see the exhibit.

“It always looks good,” Mike said.

Kim said she most impressed with Trigg County Quilters Guild tree, which was decorated with various quilted items and stood next to a large hanging quilt. Not surprisingly, their seven-year-old son, Michael, was taken with the tree put up by the Trigg County chapter of the American Red Cross, which featured several Mickey Mouse figures climbing up a ladder on the side.

Museum board member Jean Martin said the Festival of Trees is one of the museum’s three most popular annual exhibits. The other two are displays of artwork from local elementary and high school students, which will be coming soon. Even for an event that was expected to bring a crowd, Martin and other present museum board members seemed to be impressed by the turnout.

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